The Nigerian striker Orji Okonkwo has been issued a four year’s ban after found guilty of doping violations according to FIFA rules.
The 24-year-old, who plays for Serie A side Bologna, was initially handed the ban by the national anti-doping agency (Nado Italia) in June.
Fifa’s disciplinary committee has now extended the Nado Italia sanctions to have a “worldwide effect”, according to its chairperson Jorge Ivan Palacio.
“Consequently, the Committee decided to extend the sanction imposed on the player by the Italian Nado on 20 June 2022,” read a Fifa statement.
“More specifically, the player is sanctioned with a four year suspension from all football-related activities in accordance with the decision.”
‘’His ban has been backdated to 25 February and he will be free to play again on 24 February 2026.’’
The player’s representative has been informed that he will appeal against the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
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